A green space as grand as Washington Park deserves an exceptional summer attraction. How about a 50-meter heated pool surrounded by an enormous deck, complete with stadium seating? Connected to the main pool is a kidney-shaped side pool with a zero-depth entrance that gradually gets deeper. Plus, there's a water slide for thrillseekers.
With only a precious few weeks of summertime in Chicago, the universe is begging you to get outside and enjoy it. Of course, there are countless street festivals and neighborhood parties and dreamy alfresco dining opportunities at Chicago's best outdoor restaurants. But as the temperature and humidity tick up, it's the perfect time to cool off by the water. If heading to the lake and enjoying one of Chicago's best beaches isn't your jam, the Chicago Park District offers dozens of public swimming pools all over the city—free of charge. Whether you want serene lap lanes, kid-friendly water playgrounds and slides or just a place to lounge, you'll find it among the best swimming pools in Chicago. Just be sure to check the pool schedule so you show up at the proper swim times!
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